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Academics: Honors Program

Honors program requirements

B.S. with Honors Arlene Hoogewerf

You must complete three courses in biology with honors, submit an honors thesis, and earn a minimum 3.5 GPA in the major to satisfy the college’s honors program.

  1. From the biology major’s required courses, one will normally be the honors section of 123. Alternatively, this requirement could be met by contracting with an instructor for honors credit in BIOL 141, 224 or 225.
  2. The second honors course must be taken from courses numbered 313-364 (excluding 354), the details of which will be worked out by the student and instructor at the time that the student registers for the course.
  3. The third course requirement is the completion with honors of an upper-level research course (Biology 354, 385 or 399). Normally the investigative research conducted in one of these courses will be reported as a scientific research paper, which will constitute the honors thesis and as a public presentation to a scientific audience.
B. A. with Honors

You must complete three courses in biology with honors, submit an honors thesis, and earn a minimum 3.5 GPA in the major to satisfy the college’s honors program.

  1. The honors section of 123 The Living World: Concepts and Connections
  2. Two honors courses must be taken from courses numbered 313-364 (excluding 354), the details of which will be worked out by the student and instructor at registration for the courses.

 

Honors in biology is big news

The number of biology department students who graduate with honors far surpasses all other departments at Calvin.

To learn more contact the honors advisor, Professor Arlene Hoogewerf

Calvin College honors program information